Hosted by Singapore Art Museum, National Art Museum of China and Shanghai
Cultural Development Foundation, A Singapore artist Mr. Lim Tze Peng¡¯s ink
painting exhibition was held in Liu Haisu Art Museum in the afternoon of 16th
May, which is the first solo exhibition of Mr. Lim. Shanghai, is the third stop
after Beijing and Singapore.
Lim Tze Peng, born in 1923, is one of Singapore's most respected and
well-regarded senior artists. He is not a professional painter by training.
Neither has he ever been formally tutored by any celebrated artist or master. He
is completely self-taught. His 300 paintings were based on the developing city
during the whole 1980s. According to his contribution for local fine arts, Lim
Tze Peng was awarded Singapore Culture Prize at 2003, which is the highest honor
for local artiest.
The exhibited works of Inroads: The Ink Journey of Lim Tze Peng, came from
Singapore Art Museum¡¯s eternal collection and artist, was from 1970s to the end
of 20s century. Lim¡¯s ink paintings of the Great Freehand Style (daxieyi), which
lingered somewhere between abstraction and the figurative, appeared to be
populated by indistinct images of old trees and cloud-shrouded mountains. These
came in an amazing variety of forms, their structures quite out of the ordinary.
Furthermore, the artist¡¯s strokes were bold, freewheeling, shrewd and full of a
relentless vigour; his was an integral symphony of spots and lines, pigments and
ink¨Cin every way a manifestation of subjectivity that flowed out of his very
psyche and sentiments, and even leaned towards abstraction. In terms of general
composition and character morphology, his calligraphy was almost painterly,
special in its own way. In the larger works in particular, Lim the calligrapher
was dynamic, spontaneous and outstandingly uninhibited, as a certain sense of
virility and boundlessness came through in the midst of thick inkiness and